Exeunt Chris Johnson. Enter in this new superstar to become the face of the Tennessee Titans.
Chris Johnson the player will not be missed by the Tennessee Titans and their fans very much in 2014. Nearly any running back can replicate his 1,077 yards on 279 attempts (3.9 yards per carry). The difficulty with losing the former playmaker named CJ2K is that you are losing CJ2K. Chris Johnson was the face of the Tennessee Titans franchise. This team is full of unknowns, and CJ was the only player that the casual ESPN couch fan knew about, due to his great 80-yard runs, holding out for contracts, and then possible trade rumors. The only big-name player that the Titans have had outside of Vince Young since 2008 was Randy Moss in 2010… but does anyone remember that?
The second-least “Google’d” NFL (aka the Tennessee Titans) will have to try to build up a new player in 2014 to be their poster boy; however, they cannot build him alone. This player will have to make himself a star with great play to get on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays. Who will it be?
Wright is the most likely star on this team. He played very electrically in 2013 with 596 yards after the catch, which was good enough to be the eighth best in 2013, per Sporting Charts. He was also tied for 14th most targets in 2013, per Advanced NFL Statistics. Kendall Wright is an extremely exciting player to watch that can easily show up on a highlight reel. If he improves in 2014 like he did in 2013, he will be primed for a huge season and a possible contract extension. This would make him the Tennessee Titans poster boy with the cool No. 13 and his easily marketable nickname “KDub.”
Here is the guy that is arguably the best player on the Titans team. Big ‘ole No. 99 was a defensive powerhouse in 2013, and it was evident in the Preseason with strip-sack of Andy Dalton where he stole the ball right from his hands.
Casey had a career high 10.5 sacks, 55 tackles, and a forced fumble in 2013. He was snubbed in the Pro Bowl but is motivated to prove the fans wrong for not giving him the honor. If Jurrell is as motivated as he seems, he will definitely post double-digit sacks in his new role in Ray Horton’s hybrid scheme. He could become the Titans version of JJ Watt… the Texans poster boy.
The Titans 2014 first round selection easily has the best personality on the team. He is very loveable with his quirkiness and use of social media. He makes it very easy for fans to love him. He became famous at the University of Alabama with his fad of Warmackin’, which consisted of rolling up his jersey over his big belly in games and practices. Now he has started his new tradition on the social media site Instagram called “Warmackin’ Wednesdays.”
Warmack is the future of the Titans offensive line at right guard, and fans love him. He easily could be the face of the franchise.
Theoretically, Jake Locker should be the face of the Tennessee Titans. The fourth-year signal caller will have to produce big numbers in 2014 if he wants to get a new contract with the Titans in 2015. He’s struggled with injuries and accuracy issues, which has prevented him from becoming a star; however, he has the athletic ability and work ethic to become a superstar quarterback. He has the personality and work ethic of a franchise quarterback. If Locker can stay healthy and put up some big numbers in 2014, he could become the face of the New Titans Era.
The Tennessee Titans have a very talented roster, but most football fans do not know it. Owner Tommy Smith, Coach Ken Whisenhunt, and GM Ruston Webster will work to improve the popularity of the Tennessee Titans and to get them on the map.
Kenneth Goit is a Tennessee Titans Team Journalist for Pro Football Spot. Follow him on Twitter @KennethGoit and the Spot’s Titans feed @spot_titans. Go Titans!